Tomorrow starts another phase in a dream I have been cooking up for quite sometime. We (and by we I mean a group of friends and colleagues and other interested artists and musicians) are beginning to worship together. The kind of people we are wanting to attract are those who are church-curious and artistically-interested. This is an 8-week trial period, where we are worshiping 4 times. At the end we will gather again to discern what we are to do next. The theme of the 4 weeks is “Faith” and here are, for your enjoyment, a few of the ways many people have talked about that word. I hope something resonates for you here.

First, to go with the picture, by George Michael of course:

Before this river
Becomes an ocean
Before you throw my heart back on the floor
Oh oh baby I reconsider
My foolish notion
Well I need someone to hold me
But I’ll wait for something more

Yes I’ve gotta have faith…
Mmm, I gotta have faith
‘Cause I gotta have faith, faith, faith,
I gotta have faith-a-faith-a-faith

And now from some other voices:

  • Faith is like waiting for a bus. You wait and wait and wait and you know the minute you give up is the minute the bus comes. Don’t stop waiting for the bus. Lisa Larges
  • For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known 1 Cor. 13:12
  • I love the recklessness of faith. First you leap, and then you grow wings. William Sloane Coffin
  • There is nothing anti-intellectual in the leap of faith, for faith is not believing without proof but trusting without reservation. Faith is no substitute for thinking. On the contrary, it s what makes good thinking possible. William Sloane Coffin
  • Having been brought up with a definition of faith as adherence to a set of beliefs, I have more and more begun to turn instead toward a definition of faith as openness to truth, whatever truth may turn out to be. Barbara Brown Taylor
  • Faith isn’t a commodity but a sacred journey, an unfolding of the heart. Faith is fresh, vibrant, intelligent and liberating. It is the courage to step into the unknown. Sharon Salzburg
  • Faith is not what some people think it is…faith is God’s work in us that changes us and gives us new birth from God. It brings the Holy Spirit with it. Yes, it is a creative, living, active and powerful thing, this faith.  Martin Luther
  • Faith is not belief or not belief. It is an abiding trust that the way things are working out are something bigger and probably incomprehensible. Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
  • Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Faith is the state of being ultimately concerned. Paul Tillich
  • Faith is homesickness. Faith is a lump in the throat. Faith… is less a sure thing than a hunch. Faith is waiting. Fredrick Buechner.
  • Faith is not something we use to not force or enable God to love us, but it is our way of acknowledging, receiving, enjoying—and returning—the love that God had for us long before we ever thought of loving God. Shirley Guthrie
  • We in our faith work stumble along in where we are supposed to go, bumbling along, and here is what is so amazing, we get exactly where we are supposed to be. We will be sustained and we won’t be alone. Anne Lammott
  • So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord—for we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Cor. 6: 6-7
  • And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. Mat 4:19-20
  • He said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, no bag, nor bread, nor money—not even and extra tunic.” Luke 9:3
  • Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
  • Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:19b-21